Italy military court convicts former Nazis for 1944 civilian massacre

[JURIST] An Italian military court Saturday convicted 10 former SS [backgrounder] soldiers and acquitted 7 others in the 1944 killing of more than 700 people in Marzabotto [Wikipedia backgrounder; Italian Resistence materials], a small town in nothern Iraly. The slaughter, which took place south of Bologna, is considered the worst killing of civilians in Italy during World War II. All of the men on trial [JURIST report] were tried in absentia and are believed by many to be living in Germany. Each of the convicted men received life sentences for murder.

The massacre was committed by retreating German troops from September 29, 1944 to October 5, 1944. During that time, the SS soldiers killed mainly women, children and elderly in a supposed hunt for resistance fighters. AP has more.

 

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